Using “debt snowflakes” to get your debt snowball rolling
I’m going to be writing up some blog posts in the near future that go over the basic functionality of the website. These posts are meant for new users as well as existing users who might not be familiar with some of the more advanced features. This post is dedicated to the “additional payments” a.k.a. “debt snowflakes“. The purpose of this feature is to plan ahead for any variations in your budget so your debt snowball can be flexible as needed. The main thing to remember is that this is on top of your existing debt snowball payments. The cool thing about this feature is it can be positive or negative. You can even have more than one snowflake per month. Here are a few examples where this may help you budget your debt snowball:
- You know you will be getting a tax refund in March and want to put an additional $2,000 of that towards your debt. Normally your debt snowball amount each month is $500 but in March you’ll be paying $2,500 to your snowball.
- You get three paychecks a month twice a year and you want to put $1,000 of your extra paycheck towards paying down debt. Create one for each month you get your extra paycheck.
- You plan on spending $400 extra around Christmas time. Since your regular monthly debt snowball is $500, it will be adjusted down to $100 in December.
Now that you have added your debt snowflakes, you can see how your plan will be affected on the debt snowball table. In the example below, I have a $1,000 snowflake set for this month and another set for 6 months down the road (these represent money from my extra paycheck).
You can setup debt snowflakes on the “Additional Payments” page. This is one of the many free features that Undebt.it offers. Please remember to share on social media if you like the site. Thanks for your feedback and continued support.